After 15-plus months of their stage being dark, the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center in Wautoma, WI is excited to announce our 30th Anniversary season with seven touring acts in their main stage series and a rescheduled date with a group that was originally set for the 2019-2020 season. The season offers a wide variety of entertainment for almost every taste and interest. Season Tickets and “Four or More” Packages are available now, and individual show tickets will be available at the box office and online starting Monday, August 2nd.
The season will launch on Saturday, September 18th at 7 pm with The Genesee Ridge Bluegrass Band. The band finds their home in the Lake Country area of Waukesha County stretching a bit into Milwaukee County. Each member (Bruce Royal King, Rich Schwartz, Ruth Koepke and Joshua Stewart) are dedicated to moving bluegrass and old time music forward and keeping strong the acoustic instrumentation of the genre. The bands style focuses on a mix of contemporary and traditional bluegrass covers with a few unparalleled originals. Come and enjoy the hard-driving instrumentals and tight four-part harmonies of Genesee Ridge. Adult tickets are $15 and Student tickets are $5.
Green Bay’s premier party band, Brass Differential, will grace their stage on Saturday, October 9th at 7 pm. The night will feature a diverse setlist presented in a high energy style sure to please all. Brass Differential’s sound is steeped in the New Orleans tradition and features a spicy gumbo of musical styles, including jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul, and hip-hop, among others. This group sets themselves apart from others with their unique horn-centered sound, anchored in the low end by the sousaphone. The group’s live experience promises to please with blistering, abundant solos and prolific attitude. Members of the group will also be conducting an educational outreach program virtually and in-person the day before for area music students. Adult tickets are $15 and Student tickets are $5.
Madison natives, Lost Lakes, will be performing on Saturday, November 13th at 7 pm. They call their genre, Wisconsana, which is pop infused folk rock. The group is collaboration between Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch. The first time they played together, they clicked musically and personally. The collaboration has grown over the years, developing into a strong songwriting and production team with a focus on well-crafted tunes and tight vocal harmonies. Members of the band have performed at venues and festivals across the United States, which include: Wisconsin Folk Fest at The Majestic Theater in Madison, Mile of Music in Appleton, the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix, the GRANDOOZY Festival in Denver (which featured artists like Mavis Staples, Young the Giant, The Chainsmokers, Stevie Wonder and many others), Bonfire Music & Arts Festival in Yuba, Wisconsin Fest at the High Noon Saloon in Madison and many Performing Arts Centers throughout Wisconsin and the surrounding states. Adult tickets are $15 and Student tickets are $5.
Back by popular demand! Hometown Christmas will be taking place on Saturday, December 18th at 7 pm. The night will be filled with holiday favorites performed by local talent. The line-up will be announced later this fall. Adult tickets are $15 and Student tickets are $5.
One of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene, The HillBenders, will be taking the stage with their WhoGrass show on Saturday, February 19th at 7 pm. WhoGrass is a chronological journey of The Who’s legendary catalog through the wood and wire of bluegrass instrumentation. Framed as a follow-up to The HillBenders 2015 acoustic interpretation of The Who’s TOMMY, WhoGrass now gives a career spanning twist on one of Rock ‘n Roll’s greatest bands. From the early hits all the way through The Who’s discography and even a peek into Pete Townshend’s solo career, the rolling banjo, intense dobro percussion and thunderous vocals have been the biggest Who fan pumping their fist and singing along! “As I finished a new song in the my studio, I was hoping to cool down by listening to [The HillBenders’] new record. But it has had the opposite effect, I am surrounded by the angels and excited as hell. I really like all of it. The recording is very special… Clean, dry, and intimate. It should win a freaking Grammy, it’s that good!” said Pete Townshend. Adult tickets are $35 and Student tickets are $15.
All the way from Brooklyn, New York via Columbus, Ohio, the Huntertones will be gracing their stage on Saturday, March 12th at 7 pm. The group brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound features genre bending composition and unconventional covers. Every show is a social experience celebrating the joy of music. They’ve performed in over 20 countries worldwide and continue to tour the US and abroad. Their latest release, Passport, is a collection of songs inspired by their experiences sharing music with people from all over the world. “Soulful, tasty and groovy. I dare you not to dance or be in a good mood during and after listening to this beautiful music” said Lionel Loueke. Jon Batiste was quoted saying “honest, genuine, skilfully executed music without limitations that is uplifting and cannot be quantified.” Adult tickets are $30 and Student tickets are $15.
Tara Vaughan, who was on their stage with Billy McGuigan’s Rave On a couple season’s ago, will be taking the stage with her own show called She Rocks on Saturday, April 9th at 7 pm. She Rocks is Tara’s love letter to the women who made music history. Her handcrafted set list celebrates the classic women rock ‘n rollers, the singer/songwriters who are soft and badass and loving, sexy and vulnerable and independent and LOUD. Tara is a performer who immediately draws you in with her humor and playful conversation and then hits you with a voice that sounds like “honey and whiskey…sweet but with a bite that leaves you breathless.” As the performer herself, Tara Vaughan is a bonafide superstar. Her soulful vocals and piano techniques are reminiscent of a bygone era, but still have a unique and modern sensibility. In her vocal style, you can hear the echoes and influence of legends like Patsy Cline and Same Cooke. Her abilities on the piano, call to mind rock greats Elton John and Carole King. Adult tickets are $35 and Student tickets are $15.
The 2021-2022 Season ends with a rescheduled date (originally scheduled at the end of the 2019-2020 season) with Al Stewart with The Empty Pocketsperforming the whole “Year of The Cat” albumon Saturday, May 14th at 7 pm. Al Stewart and a full backing band, The Empty Pockets, recreate the iconic platinum album “Year Of The Cat” from start to finish, plus a bonus set of the many hits from his other albums including the platinum-selling “Time Passages.” This show sold out two days at London’s Royal Albert Hall and is selling out theaters across North America. The Empty Pockets will perform a 30 minute opening set and then Al Stewart will join for the next 2 sets. A Silvercryst Supper Club Dinner Package will be available before the evening performance. Reminder to those who bought tickets for this concert, your tickets will be valid for the newly rescheduled date. This concert is not a part of the season ticket package. Adult tickets are $40 and Student tickets are $15.
Special season ticket rates are now available. Patrons can purchase reserved seats for all seven main stage shows, not including Al Stewart with The Empty Pockets, for only $128, or they can create their own custom package of any “Four or More” shows and receive a 10% discount. Season tickets will have a $10 convenience fee and the “Four or More” package will have a $6 convenience fee when purchasing with a credit card. Single tickets will have a $4 convenience fee when purchasing with a credit card, like the previous season.
The Performing Arts Center is in need of volunteers to work in the box office. If interested please call the box office at (920) 787-2189.
Season and individual show tickets will be available at the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center located at 514 S. Cambridge St., Wautoma starting on Monday, August 2nd. The box office is staffed Monday through Friday, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm two weeks prior to each show as well as August 2nd and August 3rd, or tickets may be ordered at any time by phone at (920) 787-2189, or on our website at mccombbruchspac.com. Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted. Group and student discounts are available. For more information visit their website, www.mccombbruchspac.com, or Facebook page.